Affordable Housing: Now Brought to You by Chipotle

Denver recently met a five-year affordable housing goal one year ahead of schedule, but the city still has a long way to go. With this in mind, the Mayor recently announced a rent “buy-down” program, in which the city will purchase empty high-end apartments and then subsidize their rents for lower-income families. The plan is for local corporations and foundations to help make up the difference, and the first corporate partner is already in place: Chipotle. Read more... Read more

New Tool Could Help Boston Renters See Beyond the Craigslist Ad

​A new tool from the city of Boston aims to make the renting process more transparent. Announced by the mayor’s office last week, RentSmart draws on data from the city’s Inspection Services Division to capture the not-so-photogenic side of any given rental, including housing violations, enforcement violations and sanitation requests. Read more... Read more

3 Winning Designs for Unplanned Cities Focus on the People Who Live in Them

​As more of the world’s population moves into refugee camps and slums due to war, climate change, rural-to-urban migration and ad hoc urban planning, discussions about housing are increasingly shifting toward how to meet these makeshift neighborhoods where they’re at. Read more... Read more

Oakland Launches Downtown Plan 2.0

Last year, Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Michigan announced that her administration would add 17,000 units of affordable and market-rate housing by 2024, and protect another existing 17,000 affordable homes. At the time, she said protecting residents from displacement was her administration’s highest priority, which has not been without bumps. Read more... Read more
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